Omar Imam

Imam

In “Live, Love, Refugee” Omar Imam dissolves the recurrent representation of Syrian refugees by replacing numbers, reports, and statistics with hallucinations, fears, and dreams. In refugee camps across Lebanon, Omar collaborates with individuals through a process of catharsis, one he believes to be deeply healing. He asks them to recreate their dreams: dreams of escape, dreams of emasculation, and dreams of love and terror. Sparse and surrealistic, the resulting images evoke the deepest and darkest inner worlds of those persisting everyday with their roots stretching further from a home left behind. In turn, these self-composed photographs challenge projections of victimization, offering entry into the expressive interior from which our humanity stems.

Omar Imam (Damascus, 1979) is an Amsterdam-based, Syrian photographer and video artist. In his photographic works, Imam uses irony and a conceptual approach to respond to the violent situation in Syria. After leaving Damascus in late 2012, he began making fictional short films and he often has to publish his work under a pseudonym. Imam’s photographs vacillate between mundane documents and utterly inconceivable dreams. His project "Live, Love, Refugee" has been shown in many exhibitions around the world.

All images are available as 12 x 16", 18 x 24" and 35 x 47" pigments prints made in editions of 8 + 2 APs, 6 + 2 APs and 4 + 2 APs, respectively. Pieces range in price from $1200 to $2800, depending on size and availability. A set of Live, Love, Refugee 12 x 16" pigment prints is available for $11,000.


Please call: (312) 266-2350 for prices of specific pieces.
Prices are print only unless otherwise indicated.

Omar Imam
Untitled, 2015 [there was only grass]
Omar Imam
Untitled, 2015 [found myself in narrow places]
Omar Imam
Untitled, 2015 [scarecrow]
Omar Imam
Untitled, 2015 [my wife is blind]
Omar Imam
Untitled, 2015 [car technician not a doctor]
Omar Imam
Untitled, 2015 [privacy in Syria]
Omar Imam
Untitled, 2015 [testicles are in danger]
Omar Imam
Untitled, 2015 [I felt safer when I listen to music]
Omar Imam
Untitled, 2015 [I'm afraid of the blank]
Omar Imam
Untitled, 2015 [I wish to become a dragon]
Omar Imam
Untitled, 2015 [we are making one team]